By Daniel Whitehead
FERRUM, Va.—Although the Southern Virginia University men's soccer team went into halftime tied with Ferrum College at 1-1, a second-half scoring surge by the host Panthers provided Ferrum a 5-1 victory over the Knights Wednesday evening at Penn-Roediger Field in Ferrum, Va.
Southern Virginia (0-9-1) had three shot attempts during the game, but Ferrum (8-4) controlled the pace of the game and achieved 39 shots at the Knights' net.
"I was pleased with our effort in the first half since we matched their intensity and went into the half tied with a very good team," said Southern Virginia Director of Soccer Matt Grawrock. "Unfortunately, we came out flat in the second half and Ferrum took notice and attacked while we were down. Our execution was better in the first half, so we'll continue to work on competing a full game."
Freshman defender Cort Cox scored his first career goal as a Knight at the 22:58 mark of the first half to tie the game at one apiece, roughly 10 minutes after Ferrum scored its first goal to take the lead.
Moments into the second half, the Panthers' Aaron Gustine scored the go-ahead goal at the 50:18 mark before Kyle Simpkins scored another Ferrum goal at the 55:23 mark to move up, 3-1.
The Panthers would go on to score two additional goals midway through the second half to lift Ferrum to the 5-1 win.
The Knights next compete Saturday, Oct., 5 on the road against Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's (Md.). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.